Inclusion is the act of enabling genuine participation and contribution, where everyone, regardless of their background, identity or circumstances feels valued, accepted and supported to thrive at work.
Diversity is about the seen and unseen characteristics which make each of us different, informing our unique identity and perspective on the world.
Diversity and Inclusion is important to the NSW public sector. The Public Service Commission has done research that shows:
- employees support a broad definition of diversity and define inclusion as enabling participation
- employees think the public sector should reflect the diversity of the community it serves
- progress will require genuine support starting from the top
- employees agree we deliver greater benefits for the people of NSW when each of us is able to contribute.
The State of the Public Sector Report provides data on the representation of diversity groups in our workforce. The People Matter Employee Survey provides information on employee experiences of inclusion including flexible working and perceptions of inclusive culture.